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Makeup Tools Make a Difference

The proper tools can make all the difference when going for a specific look, even if the look is just every day gorgeous. Imagine an artist not having the right brushes to complete a masterpiece. Why should you be any different?

Depending on what type of foundation you use, a large, round, sable brush may be necessary. This will keep the application smooth and even.

Eye shadow brushes are great for creams or powders just make sure to clean them between colors or keep more than one around for the different shades you use. Blush should be applied with a flat brush and not the same rounded one used for foundations and bronzers. The will keep the application more localized to the desired area.

No beauty kit is complete without an eyelash curler and tweezers. Popular opinion says that the Tweezerman tweezers are the only way to go to get the most precision. Eyelash curlers can be grabbed at a local drugstore just be sure that the pads are quality to avoid damaging lashes, and that it is cleaned regularly to help avoid clumps and infections.

If you are one of the many who hustles through your morning makeup routine, consider adding Almay Oil-Free Makeup Eraser Sticks to your beauty kit. They are a quick and easy way to eliminate those smudges and bumps that can ruin your look.

For inexpensive tools for your beauty regime, be sure to check out Amazon. They have products from hundreds of suppliers at much cheaper prices than the mall or supply store, even after you pay the shipping.  They are definitely wroth checking out.


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April 3, 2013   Comments Off

Eye Liner Tips

eye liner tipsEye liner is an essential makeup product for most of us. It helps to create a defined eye that can either stand out boldly or be soft and natural looking. Knowing what look you desire will help you choose the product and decide how to apply it.

For a more natural look, use an eyeliner pencil in a softer shade like charcoal or brown. Sharpen the pencil, and then light lightly touch the point against your hand. Apply the eyeliner using either small dots as close to the lashes as possible. Line both the upper and lower lashes. Using a small brush or sponge tip applicator, blend the dots into the lash line.

For a more dramatic look, use a liquid eyeliner in a bold color or jet black. The dot method can be used for this application as well but will need to be repeated after the first blending. Using a solid line from corner to corner creates a more defined look, but still needs to be blended into the last line. Once the liner has been applied, try blending with a little bit of eye shadow. This will help keep the liner from smudging and adds more color and definition to the eye.


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March 27, 2013   Comments Off

Wipe Out! Wipes for Almost Every Beauty Need

It is amazing how far the beauty world has come in the last few years. It seems like there is a short cut for just about everything and the world of wipes is a fantastic one! Not only are there great products out there to remove makeup, cleanse, and exfoliate skin (like Simple’s line of all natural cleansing cloths), but there are also whole new lines of wipes and sheets hitting the market for all of your beauty needs.

L’Oreal is now among the many offering self-tanning sheets that eliminate the excess globs and patches that our sunless tanners use to leave on us. But if you decide you would actually like to soak up some real rays, try the Shady Day or MD Moms sunscreen wipes in a variety of SPF levels. Hair sheets by Tom Gibson or Chic can help tame fly-away’s and give your hair a more finished look.

You can also remove polish with worrying about spills and where the cotton balls are now with Cutex’s nail polish remover pads.

Not only do all of the wipe options work, they wipe out the clutter and refuse from bulky plastic bottles and packaging. So you can look good and feel good about your eco-stamp too!


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March 20, 2013   Comments Off

Smoky and Smoldering

It’s a classic look that we have all tried or want to try at some point. Those smoky, sexy eyes that every celebrity seems to have whether on the red carpet or the big screen can be yours too.

To create this smoldering look at home, start by applying a cream shadow to the entire eye lid and the inner corners of the eye in a light shade like cream, ivory, or pearl. Apply a powder shadow to the lower lid in steel, gray, or pewter. Next, brush on a dark brown shadow to the crease area and go all the way out to the edge of the eye that lines up with the end of your eyebrows. Blend lightly.

For your liner, use a black pencil. Liquid liners will run and don’t create the softness that a pencil can achieve. Line the entire eye including top and bottom lash lines as well as the inner and outer corners. Soften the lower liner with a light dusting of the same color in your crease. Finish the look with several coats of black mascara, being sure to apply the next coat before the first one dries.

If you are really wanting to showcase your new smoky look, keep lips and cheeks light and soft to allow those eyes to take center stage.


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March 13, 2013   1 Comment

Career Makeover

I am currently undergoing a makeover for my career.  I do actually have a day job in addition to being a beauty blogger, and certain circumstances have caused me to take a look at the choices I’ve made, and if I want to make changes in the future.  I have considered going back to an old career, but since I am into beauty, I have also wondered about beauty school and starting something completely new.

When I was in high school, our theater club did a production of Grease.  One of my favorite scenes was the number with the beauty school girl and all the models wearing big curlers in their hair while Frankie Valli sang “Beauty School Dropout”.  Do I dare imagine myself going down the professional route? I do have to say that I love the time I spend with my stylist, but I am still trying to picture myself in the profession. I have spent years cutting my friends hair, and my kids, but do I want to do that all day?

A quick look online to research beauty schools such as beauty schools in Overland Park lets me see that there are several tracks one can take in this career such as  Cosmetology, Esthetics (Skin Care), or Specialty Workshops (Makeup Artistry).  Time will tell how my career choices will pan out, but I’ll still have my professional beauty blogger status to keep going!


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March 4, 2013   Comments Off

Makeup Value

Have you ever considered the amount of your investment in your makeup? No matter what you typically spend on a particular beauty product, you probably don’t realize the total amount of your overall investment, until you start to add it up. Whether use discount products from your local drug store, mid priced products from beauty supply stores, or high end products from department stores, it’s important not to waste your products and to take good care of them. Keep beauty items sealed carefully when not in use so they don’t dry out. Keep your beauty tools such as makeup brushes in good condition so they don’t waste your product.  Store your items at proper temperatures, and not in the glove box of your vehicle in the hot sun.

Consider other places to purchase your products, especially online. If you are in Australia, you might try a store like Napoleon Makeup.  They are a great example of how you can find the same products for discounts if you order them online.  The only downside to this is that you don’t get to try them first. I usually buy a product for the first time only after trying it, but then I look for a great discount store online to reorder my favorites.

No matter what the cost of your makeup, be sure you value your investment!


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March 4, 2013   Comments Off

The Basics on Bases

When it comes to building your base before you start actually adding color, there are so many options and products to choose from and the build with.

Some think that a foundation is the first step, but you can actually start with a primer if you feel that your skin needs the extra coverage. Many of these contain light-reflecting pigments that illuminate skin. As for foundations, most offer lighter weight coverage than before so decide what best suits your needs. Some even contain salicylic acid for those of us who are prone to outbreaks.

Tinted moisturizers are a great alternative to foundations. Products like BB Renew protect skin with an SPF of 15, hydrating minerals and enough coverage for most of us. For those who want the lightest feeling coverage possible, powders are great products. Many contain vitamins and minerals that help to protect and renew skin while reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines.

Regardless of how you cover the overall area of your face, most looks can benefit from a little concealer. Concealers come in creams, gels, and pencils all of which seem to blend well and provide similar coverage. To get the most from your concealer, apply it on top of your foundation then top it off with a light dusting of powder.

The latest tools for a completely flawless look include the airbrush makeup kit.  The latest reviews give this tool two thumbs up, and users say that it will give you a look as perfect as a professional could do.

No matter what look you are trying to achieve, always start with a great base that will help heal and nourish skin for a flawless look.


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March 1, 2013   Comments Off

Hair Must-Haves

No matter your style, color, or texture, we all would like hair that is healthy and looks good, plus most of us would prefer not having to spend a lot of time getting our hair that way. Here are some hair must-haves that will shorten your styling time and keep those luscious locks looking and feeling good:

*Goody Quik Style Paddle Brush – For around $12, this easy-grip paddle brush will cut down on drying time for your hair. The key is the tiny bits of towel that are imbedded between the bristles and help to speed up the drying process.

*Nexxus ProMend – This is a must have for most of us. This wonderful serum helps to seal split ends caused by daily styling, heat processing, and coloring. A small amount worked into dry ends will make the split ends disappear and help to heal some of the past damage.

*Neutrogena Triple Moisture Mask – Once a week, work this into your hair after shampooing and squeezing as much excess water out as possible. Leave in for about 10 minutes while you finish the rest of your shower and then rinse. This amazing mask will help repair damaged hair, restore vital vitamins and nutrients, and leave hair feeling silky soft.

You can find all of these or similar products at Amazon for discounted prices.  With the help of these three amazing products, you will do less damage to your hair while styling and repair past damage over time.    Remember that healthy hair is beautiful hair!


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February 27, 2013   Comments Off

The New Cat Eyes

With so many new products to choose from, creating dramatic eyes like the classic Cat Eyes is easier than ever and more fun.  Celebrity Emma Stone looks beautiful here with her cat eye liner look.  The  current cateye look is dramatic so play around with the look and the products to create show-stopping eyes of your own.

For the traditional cat eye, place the liner at the inner corner of the eye and start tracing the lash line with a slight upward angle. Keep going just past the outer corner of the eye. Go back and fill in the space between the liner and the lashes on the inner third to half of your eye depending on the drama you want to create. A stiffer brush with a liquid liner will work best for this look.

For a heavier look, use a thick brush like CoverGirl’s Line Exact Liquid liner. Starting at the inner corner of the eye, cover the entire lower lid and finish with an upsweep starting at the outer corner and ending at the outer edge of the eyebrow. Only line the center third of the bottom lash line with a very fine line.

These looks do not require any blending but can be enhanced with shimmery shadows and mascara. Be sure to apply the mascara more heavily at the out corners of the lashes.


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February 20, 2013   2 Comments

A Cleaner Clean for your Skin

With all of the make-up available, there has to be a better way to remove all of that without irritating even the most sensitive of skins. Neutrogena may have finally provided just that. Their new Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser has modified polymers that are too big to get under the skin’s surface and actually attach themselves to dirt and make-up for a better clean.

Dermatologists are recommending the product because of the way it rinses completely from the skin without any sticky soap residue. Consumers like the extra lather that it creates, which always makes us feel more clean. Who doesn’t associate the amount of suds to the level of clean achieved?

The product claims to calm the skin and keep redness, tightness, and dryness at bay. Plus it will take off all of that eye make-up you applied before going out. Give it a scrub and see what you think!


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February 13, 2013   Comments Off

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